Financial Aid, Tuition, and Fees

Northern offers several scholarship opportunities to help fund your seminary education. We also recommend that you set up a payment plan for consistent budgeting (see more here).

The application deadline for Northern scholarships is August 25, 2017.

To apply for Northern Seminary scholarships you must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Northern Seminary Scholarship Application. The scholarship office will not issue award letters until both of these are submitted.

The scholarship office also does not send reminder notes about submitting financial aid applications to prospective or returning students. Northern Seminary assumes the student will take responsibility to complete the process if they intend to apply for a scholarship.

No action will be taken on an application until all requested information has been received by the scholarship office (and the prospective student has been accepted for admission). Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered only as scholarship funds are available.

The following steps should be followed to apply for financial aid:

Step 1:

Apply for admission and gain acceptance into a Master’s-level degree program. Click here to apply.

Step 2:

Register for classes for the entire academic year with assistance from your pre-enrollment advisor/admissions counselor. Scholarship awards cannot be calculated until you register! MDiv and MACM students must register for a minimum of 6 hours per quarter to qualify for scholarships, and cohort MA students must register for all classes in the cohort sequence offered in the academic year.

Step 3:

Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Northern’s school code for the FAFSA is G01736.

Step 4:

Complete the Northern Seminary Application for Financial Aid (Download Here). Submit the completed Northern Application to the scholarship office. This financial aid application, along with the completed FAFSA (see step 3), triggers your financial aid review.

Scholarships are awarded for an entire academic year and students must reapply each year.


Scholarships & Loans Available to Master’s Students


Northern scholarships are awarded based on merit and financial need. Included among these awards are various named scholarships, along with the Baugh Foundation scholarship for women without sponsoring churches and the Fisher scholarship for students in the MA in Urban Leadership program.

*Northern scholarships are available to MA cohort students entering on or after Summer/Fall 2017.

Requirements: Students must maintain a 2.5+ cumulative GPA.

Partners in Ministry Program (DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE)

Available to MDiv and MACM students. If a student’s sponsoring church or ministry commits to fund 25% of the student’s tuition cost, Northern will match 25%, leaving only 50% to the student. Students may receive either the Partners in Ministry scholarship or other Northern scholarships, not both.

Requirements: Students must maintain a 2.5+ cumulative GPA.

Spouse Grant

The spouse of any current full-time student may receive a grant towards 50% of tuition applied toward one course per quarter.


Available to women and persons of color in any Master’s program. Interest-free loans are awarded to cover educational costs including tuition and fees.



2017-2018 Tuition Costs

Degree Total Credits Cost
Master of Arts in Christian Ministries 66 credits $514/credit hr
Master of Divinity 108 credits $514credit hr
Master of Divinity/MANT Dual Degree 138 credits $420/credit hr**
Master of Divinity/MATM Dual Degree 138 credits $440/credit hr
Master of Arts in New Testament 57 credits $21,540**
Master of Arts in New Testament Northern Live 57 credits $24,205**
Master of Arts in Theology and Mission 57 credits $23,540*
Master of Arts in Theology and Mission Northern Live 57 credits $25,540*
Master of Arts in Worship 57 credits $14,400*
Master of Arts in Urban Leadership 57 credits $25,000*
Doctor of Ministry (cohort) 36 credits $19,900*
Doctor of Ministry (partnership) 36 credits $16,500*
Graduate Certificate 15 credits $7,710*
Audit $175/credit hr


A detailed list of the current Schedule of Tuition and Fees can be found HERE.

*Does not include any additional fees and may be subject to change. 
** Plus cost of Footsteps of Paul Trip.


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